Early first-generation C1 Corvettes lacked a factory hardtop configuration, and with enough customer input, aftermarket companies came to the rescue to offer one up. But it wasn’t your standard hardtop, it was a super space-age bubble top.
The bubble tops for the early Corvettes were produced by a handful of aftermarket companies including Model Builders of Chicago, Plasticon and Scottop of California. The bubble tops were crafted from plexiglass and provided taller drivers a tad more headroom in the cockpit. The accessory wasn’t cheap, according to Corvette Blogger.
Consider the fact a brand new 1954 Corvette was being sold for $2,774. The bubble tops were running $500. Anyone who happened to get their hands on one, and keep it, made a good decision because this particular unrestored, all-original 1954 Corvette sold for $88,000 at Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach. Talk about appreciation.
The car was a lightly-worn Polo White 1954 Corvette, with no major bumps or bruises to be found. The bubble top on this particular Corvette was made by Plasticon according to communication with the previous owner, and remains in excellent condition to date.
It very much reminds us of the one-off 1954 Pontiac Bonneville Special concept designed by Harley Earl, with a similar bubble top configuration. Regardless, the 1954 Corvette is a gorgeous untouched example of 1950s heritage.